National Express and sQuid to Launch Pay-as-you-go Smartcard Travel in Scotland

By Squidcard, PRNE
Monday, September 27, 2010

DUNDEE, Scotland, September 28, 2010 - National Express Dundee, part of the National Express Group of companies,
is launching the first smartcard pay-as-you-go service for bus travel in

The new service will work with Scotland's National Entitlement Card (NEC)
and is supported by sQuid, the electronic money provider. National Express
said the service provides an alternative means to traditional paper tickets
and is simple and easy to understand. 'A travelling customer just loads their
transit purse with value, and a deduction is made every time the card is
used' said Lawrence Davie, Director for National Express Dundee, 'Working
with the NEC smart card which is widely used in the region and distributes
concessionary entitlements to bus travelers, means that we can now make
paid-for travel a smartcard reality, and follows the completion of our
smartcard reader installation on all our buses'.

sQuid provides the eMoney service for NEC smartcards and will do the same
for the National Express Dundee travel purse. Adam Smith, sQuid's Chief
Executive, said 'We are delighted to be working with National Express and
their National Express Dundee operation. sQuid's aim is to provide
intelligent smartcard payment services, and this new service is a great step
forward. Customers simply register their cards and can top up the purse
online, ready for use in retail shops, schools, council facilities and now
for bus travel too.'

A number of Councils in Scotland already have sQuid eMoney on their
cards. Sid Bulloch, who manages the NEC programme said: "We have issued over
1.5 million cards across Scotland. Service innovations like this are a great
example of the public and private sectors working together, and adding real
value for our citizens.'

The new service is expected to launch at the end of the year.

    Bede Feltham, Marketing Director, sQuidcard
    T: +44(0)20-8339-2111

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Contact: Bede Feltham, Marketing Director, sQuidcard,, T: +44(0)20-8339-2111, E pr at

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